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Myth and literature in the American renaissance / Robert D. Richardson, Jr.


Bloomington : Indiana University Press, [1978] .
ISBN 0253339650

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Subjects American literature -- 19th century -- History and criticism.
American literature.
Intellectual life.
Myth in literature.
United States -- Intellectual life -- 1783-1865.
United States.
Description viii, 309 pages ; 22 cm
Copyright Date [1978]
©1978
Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 267-299) and index.
Also issued online.
Summary There are perhaps as many definitions of myth as of romanticism, but a renewed interest in myth as "authentic tidings of invisible things" is one of the most commonly remarked characteristics of early nineteenth-century literature. American writers from Emerson to Melville were very well read in myth and in mythic theory and were highly conscious of myth as a subject of special interest to the age. Richardson shows how our major writers consciously understood and used myth. - Jacket flap.
Contents ch. 1. The two traditions -- ch. 2. Parker and Alcott: The higher criticism: Theodore parker and the mythical views of the Bible ; The affirmation of myth: Bronson Alcott and the orphic mode -- ch. 3. Emerson: The quality of mythic experience ; The verdict of reason ; Myth and history ; Metamorphosis, metaphor for organic process ; The heroic life and the uses of myth -- ch. 4. Thoreau: "To link my facts to fable" ; The lesson of Indic myth ; Nordic myth and the idea of the heroic ; Greek myth: Prometheus on Ktaadn ; "Walking": the call for myth ; Myth in Walden -- ch. 5. Whitman: The insufficiency of myth ; Myth, history, and Egypt ; From old myth to new religion: nationalism and prophecy -- ch. 6. Hawthorne: Hawthorne, Schlegel, and the modern uses of myth ; Greek myths for children: from classic to Gothic ; Transformations and metamorphoses -- ch. 7. Melville: Melville's reading in myth ; Psyche in Polynesia ; Mythic investiture in Moby-Dick ; Epilogue: Melville after Moby-Dick -- Appendix: From Alcott's Psyche an Evangele, chapter 1.
Genre Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Geographic Area United States
Network Numbers (OCoLC)3543144
(OCoLC)ocm03543144
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WorldCat Identities Richardson, Robert D., 1934-
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